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Dow plans EPDM rubber plant for the U.S. Gulf Coast  

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow; Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) says that it plans to build a new world-scale plant for the production of metallocene ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), sold under the trademark of Nordel IP Hydrocarbon Rubber. The new facility, when operational in 2016, will help set the standard in cost effectiveness and production efficiencies by incorporating the use of Dow’s newest proprietary catalyst technology and leveraging the production advantages of Dow’s large-scale, integrated solution process. The manufacturing site will be located on the U.S. Gulf Coast; Dow is currently assessing location options. This production facility will leverage Dow’s investment plan to increase ethylene and propylene production in the U.S. Gulf coast and will connect the company’s U.S. operations into feedstock opportunities available from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas. “Nordel IP will continue to be a strategic part of the Dow Elastomers portfolio both now and into the future,” says Kim Ann Mink, business president, Dow Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications. “The new world-scale facility will position Dow to meet the increasing global demand for EPDM through next generation…
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